You will engage in practical workshops that will enable you to acquire and apply core principles and practices of ‘Lean’ manufacturing. Through observation and practice, you will gain insight into the use of Lean as a systematic approach to reduce wasted materials and effort, maximise use of time and space, increase value creation from the customer’s point of view, and engage in a continuous cycle of refinement and improvement. The unit is underpinned by DMAIC methodology and throughout the workshops and assessment tasks you will have the opportunity to apply the five phases of this process: Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control.
You will also examine related approaches to efficiency in manufacturing such as equipment availability, performance and quality measurement, and ‘Six Sigma’ approaches. You will identify opportunities to apply what you have learnt to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a selected manufacturing process system or product through onsite experience in a manufacturing facility, or in a simulated setting. This authentic application of the knowledge will also teach you about the different approaches to implementing positive cultural change.
You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry
|Unit name||Lean Manufacturing|
|Coordinator||Mr Mark Shelton|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Use Lean principles and tools to identify efficiency problems and solutions in manufacturing
- Undertake analysis and inquiry to identify process and systems improvement opportunities within a manufacturing context
- Apply lean tools, techniques and principles to implement change
- Evaluate the lean process to communicate efficiencies
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
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Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Burnie students: fornightly evening workshops
|Assessment||AT1: Lean Process Implementation Plan Proposal (30%)|AT2: Multimedia Portfolio (40%)|AT3: Experiential Report (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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